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Proposal for generic MTOM format

From: Mark Nottingham <mark.nottingham@bea.com>
Date: Fri, 17 Oct 2003 17:24:13 -0700
To: "Xml-Dist-App@W3. Org" <xml-dist-app@w3.org>
Message-Id: <66558096-0101-11D8-9934-00039396E15A@bea.com>

Making MTOM useful as an optimised format outside the scope of SOAP 
would require the following changes:

   - moving MTOM section three into a separate document (suggested name: 
"Binary-Optimized XML Packaging"), and rewriting to be SOAP-agnostic.

   - rewriting other MTOM sections to reference it appropriately.

   - choosing an appropriate media type for the root part (e.g., 

   - declaring a way of encoding a processing hint into the format so 
that the resulting XML document can be processed
appropriately. I.e., currently, our format has a implicit post-MTOM 
media type of "application/soap+xml"; we'd need to make this explicit. 
(suggestion: probably in the MIME headers, possibly also in the 

In other words, the work required is largely editorial. I'm happy to do 
the work (or the preliminaries if others want to help) if we can get 
*some* agreement in the WG that this is a good direction to go in 
(Gudge, read this as "it won't hold us up").

Mark Nottingham   Principal Technologist
Office of the CTO   BEA Systems
Received on Friday, 17 October 2003 20:24:16 UTC

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